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The GoDown Arts Center Transforms

Nairobi’s first major cultural and artistic institution, The GoDown Arts Center, is set to have a major turn around in a project dubbed: The GoDown Transforms.

About Go Down

The GoDown Arts Center is a non-profit organization which began 14 years ago in an old warehouse on Dunga Rd, Nairobi. It set out with a transformational vision of a cultural future for us all. A future created from the dreams of many different Kenyans to build a successful sustainable relationship between society, arts  and culture.

A Mural of Lupita Nyongo Outside the GoDown Arts Center

An Exhibition at the Center

In a collaborative process that took over 10 years with different architects, city planners and artists, residents, city officials and students, the vision has been shaped while taking into account the growing city and the immediate surroundings.

The GoDown aims to develop independent artists across multiple art forms. In addition to that, it helps them to participate in the advancement of the cultural sector, thereby contributing to the establishment of a robust arts and culture sector with expanding receptive audiences.

The GoDown Transforms: The Plan

The GoDown’s plans for a new public access arts complex in Nairobi are historic as this would be the first significant investment in cultural infrastructure since Kenya’s independence over half a century ago.

The 5 level futuristic studio will contain 3 courtyards. The first courtyard will have a library, gallery, auditorium, a museum offices and a restaurant.

Ths second courtyard will have a dance studio, offices for artist organizations and businesses. The third courtyard will have 2 stories of studios of visual artists to create their work.

In addition, there will be underground parking, a film and music studio, craft workshop, training labs and conference rooms.

The 3D Visualization

The Goal

The GoDown has already raised $1,000,000 which is half the amount for phase 1. This was done over a period of 10years. The Target is to raise the remaining $1,000,000.

It will take mobilization of at least 200,000 to give an average of Ksh. 500. This will additionally give them the power to invite matches from corporates, international partners, social entrepreneurs and the government.


Be a GoDown transfoma

Become a GoDown transformer by inviting your personal network of colleagues, friends and family to give to the GoDown Transforms Campaign.

Make your contribution & be a part of history

Mpesa paybill : 681471 || Airtel Money : 681471 Account Name : Your Name

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Watch Video below for the GoDown Transforms Vision.




My name is Leona and I am the owner and chief author at ArtLeeyo



They’ve raised a million dollars?


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Yes, over ten years.


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